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Mobile Masculinities project film viewing in April!

The Men’s Anti-Violence Council, in collaboration with the Career Leadership Academy (CLA) class at The University of Iowa, created a film project about masculinity. Mobile Masculinities was created by MAC member, Derrais Carter, in order to create discussions about masculinity among men on campus and in the community. In addition to creating interpersonal discussions, the video clips also serve as online resources.

You don’t need fancy recording equipment or studio space to have authentic discussions about masculinity. You can use a camera on almost any mobile device (e.g. cell phone camera, laptop webcam, tablet, etc.) and record men discussing masculinity.

The CLA students were incredible in supporting, advertising, recruiting, and editing material for the project. There will be a public viewing of the project on Tuesday, April 10 in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library starting at 6 p.m. There will be a panel discussion afterwards about masculinity in our community. The event is free and open to the public. Click on the image below for a larger version of the flyer. 

You can see our first Mobile Masculinities video clip with Jackson Katz here!

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Jackson Katz on Mobile Masculinities

MAC member, Derrais Carter has created a new project for the Men’s Anti-Violence Council called Mobile Masculinities. The goal is to create a critical discussion about masculinities and anti-violence work through online videos.   

During the University of Northern Iowa’s Men’s Institute last week, Derrais got the opportunity to ask the keynote speaker, Jackson Katz a few questions. As many of you know, Dr. Katz is an expert in the movement to get men involved in reducing gender violence. He wrote The Macho Paradox and was responsible for creating the first film I ever watched about masculinity, Tough Guise. See the video below for the first installment of Mobile Masculinities with Jackson Katz!

Upcoming Men’s Institute at the University of Northern Iowa

Save the date! On Wednesday, October 26, the University of Northern Iowa is having a one day institute on engaging college men in anti-violence initiatives. MAC members attended the institute last year and it was definitely worth it. This year should be even better.

The folks at UNI have lined up some amazing talent. Jackson Katz is the keynote speaker along with presentations by  Elizabeth Miller and Feroz Moideen, who are involved with Coaching Boys into Men, and Harry Brod, a longtime ally, advocate, author, and expert on men and masculinity. In addition to the featured presenters, there will be breakout sessions from experts and allies from across the state and country.

Click on the links below to download the institute flyer and registration form. We hope to see you there!

Men’s institute registration

Men’s institute flyer 

Dad’s Poem

Check out the video below of Abe Becker performing his powerful piece, Dad’s Poem, for the Men’s Story Project. I love me some Men’s Story Project and I am always moved by their brilliance and passion. I hope that more of us can get behind their mission. To strengthen social norms that support healthy masculinities and gender equality, and to help eliminate gender-based violence, homophobia and other oppressions that are intertwined with masculinities, through ongoing events of men´s public story-sharing and community dialogue.

Iowa MAN website launched!

After much hard work by the folks over at the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and Iowa MAN members, the official Iowa MAN website launched. The website looks great. The most important thing about this event is that it signifies a statewide effort to engage men about the issues related to eliminating violence and creating safer communities.

Below are Iowa MAN’s vision and mission:


We envision a community where men are actively engaged in confronting men’s violence against women and girls and all its forms, and where all members of society are engaged in promoting healthy, peaceful, and respectful relationships.


As an organization, we will eliminate men’s violence against women and girls by pursuing knowledge from those most affected by it.  As a call to action, we will work to inspire all men of Iowa to partner with women to promote healthy and respectful relationships in their homes, neighborhoods, and the community, to model peaceful and respectful behaviors with each other, and to empower our youth with similar tools and skills necessary to live and expect a lifestyle free from abuse.

You can visit the Iowa Men’s Action Network website here.

Male feminism and growing pains

Give it up to The Root for posting two articles this month about the experiences of African American male feminists!

The first post was by Byron Hurt regarding his reasons for being a feminist.  Not only does Byron create wonderful films like Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes and I am a Man, but this piece offers a personal perspective on childhood experiences that drew him to feminism and how the principles have impacted his own life. You can learn more about Byron and his work on his webpage and follow him on Twitter. You can find the full post here. Below is a quote from the piece.

I decided that I loved feminists and embraced feminism. Not only does feminism give woman a voice, but it also clears the way for men to free themselves from the stranglehold of traditional masculinity. When we hurt the women in our lives, we hurt ourselves, and we hurt our community, too.

The second one by Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his academic evolution regarding feminism and how the actual manifestation into personal change was imperfect. Not only does Mychal pay homage to some amazing feminist writers and theorists, but he highlights the importance of street harassment too! My favorite part of this post is his honesty about struggle in implementing feminist and anti-sexist principles to create behavior changes. You can read his entire post here. If you want more Mychal, you can find his work on the Grio and follow him on Twitter.

Even those among us who wish to see it eradicated are still products of that sexism, and as such are prone to replicate it without thinking. It sounds like a weak excuse, but it’s true. We have all internalized sexist thinking, and it takes more than reading a feminist essay or two to achieve a complete reversal. I am working every day to recognize where I am deficient in my own thoughts and behaviors, and as difficult as it may be, I know that it is worth the effort.


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